The recent column about America's moral decay implies that the solution to the problem is for folks to convert to become conservative Christian Republicans ("The moral decay of the Md. GOP," March 21). Research over the past few years has found that American atheists and agnostics consistently score higher on measurements of empathy and compassion, which lie at the core of morality and caring about others. In addition, women consistently score higher on these measurements than men. If the Republican Party nominates an atheist woman for office, I promise to give her serious consideration.